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Final Presentations!

First, I want to say that I’ve really enjoyed everyone’s presentations.  They’ve all been great, and I’m excited that people are writing about such diverse topics. Allison brought up some great points in her presentation.  I think portrayals of female … Continue reading Continue reading

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Another look at the gender binary at Vanderbilt

Hana’s question about the gender binary at Vanderbilt got me thinking, too.  I’ve honestly seen just as much virgin and prude shaming toward women as I’ve seen slut shaming.  It might partially be because I’m not in the Greek scene … Continue reading Continue reading

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War paint or whore paint? Or just paint?

I decided to wear my favorite lipstick today.  It’s red-orange and works surprisingly well with my purple/magenta/pink hair.  Tonight I was hanging out with some friends, and one of them, a guy, complimented my lipstick and joked around about who … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queering heteronormative cultural narratives

I thought that this week’s reading, especially the Judith Halberstam chapter, was incredibly interesting.  I could write about a lot, but I want to focus on the idea of “disposable bodies” and media portrayals of trauma and queerness.  Why do … Continue reading Continue reading

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Southern women, domestic violence, and rebellion

Generally speaking, I plan on writing my final paper on portrayals of independent women and domestic abuse in film.  Specifically, I want to focus on a very specific type of woman in American culture: the white Southern woman.  My paper … Continue reading Continue reading

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How do we actually change any of this?

Susan Faludi’s Backlash feels very relevant to me this week. I spent the last four days marching on part of a 200 mile, two week long march with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida*.  The CIW is a farmworker … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Perennial Question of Insider vs Outsider

When I watched Paris is Burning last Sunday, I kept thinking of discussions and readings I’ve had in my anthropology classes.  This may sound like it has nothing to do with our class, but hear me out.  Essentialism, orientalism, colonialism, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sexual Fluidity in But I’m a Cheerleader?

When I watched But I’m a Cheerleader and read Eva Phillips’ review, I kept wondering who director Jamie Babbit was targeting when she made this film. Who was the film’s intended audience? Gays and lesbians? Closeted youth? Youth exploring their … Continue reading Continue reading

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Toughness

I thought the excerpt from Sherrie Inness’ book Tough Girls, “Beyond Muscles: What Does It Mean To Be Tough?” was very thought-provoking, though I question some of her ideas about toughness.  She seems to write from a very narrow (and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Little Miss Sunshine

For this blog entry, I decided to analyze the film Little Miss Sunshine using John Berger’s, Laura Mulvey’s and bell hooks’ writings.  Little Miss Sunshine’s plot revolves around a dysfunctional family taking a road trip to get the family’s youngest … Continue reading Continue reading

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